[FoRK] Who needs efficient code?

John Parsons bullwinklemouth at yahoo.ca
Thu Jul 29 22:16:39 PDT 2010


As more of a user than a practitioner, this makes sense to me, but as in any endeavour, I decry the abandonment of quality.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2010/07/the-beauty-of-inefficient-code/60613/

> The power of today's hardware is such that, for example, you can build a web application that supports thousands of users using one of the slowest available programming languages, brutally inefficient datastore access and storage patterns, zero caching, no sensible distribution of work, no attention to locality, etc. etc. Basically, you can apply every available anti-pattern and still come out the other end with a workable system, simply because the hardware can move faster than your bad decision-making.

JP




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